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College of Computing and Informatics Student Wins Apple Design Award

June 29, 2011

Charlotte, NC

UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics congratulates student Jeremy Olson for winning one of Apple’s 2011 Design Awards. As a self taught iOS developer, Olson did all of the design and development for Grades 2, a GPA calculator for students with intuitive user interface and high quality graphics. It integrates nicely with iOS technologies, including iAd, In-App Purchase, UIKit, Retina Display, and Multi-Touch. It includes due date notification for assignments, and a calendar and drop grade feature to track GPA progress for individual courses, and overall GPA.

“This is just incredible,” said Olson. “I'm an Apple fan primarily because their design work is so captivating. It was that kind of enjoyable experience that I aspired to on my app, so it is an amazing privilege and honor that Apple would choose my app out of the hundreds of thousands of apps that came out this year. I've been getting contacted by all kinds of crazy people and companies who want to work with my newly formed company, Tapity. All the publicity has helped push my app's user base to over one hundred thousand. I'm stoked!”

The Apple Design Awards recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in iPhone, iPad and Mac app design. Each year, winning products set new standards for the developer community to follow.

About The College of Computing and Informatics
The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab. Research grant awards for 2009-2010 totaled nearly $9 million.

About UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research institution. With an enrollment ranking it fourth among the 17 schools in the UNC system, it is the largest public university in the greater Charlotte metropolitan region. A doctoral institution, UNC Charlotte serves the region through applied research, knowledge transfer, and engaged community service. Fall 2010 enrollment exceeded 25,000, including 5,450 graduate students enrolled in one of the University’s comprehensive doctoral or master’s programs.

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